Nutrition at Every Life Stage: Pre-School and School Years
NUTRITION FOR PRESCHOOL AND SCHOOL CHILDREN
Nutrition is one of the key factors to promote growth and development during childhood.
Growth is a continuous process until the end of adolescence with different rates and speeds. A period of slow growth, from the end of the second year to the beginning of the pubertal growth spurt, and two periods of rapid growth, early childhood and puberty, can be distinguished; therefore, nutritional needs in these periods will be much higher.
Nutritional habits and intake patterns begin to be shaped from the age of two years onwards and are consolidated in the first decade of life, persisting to a large extent in adulthood.
10 Healthy Eating Tips for Kids:
1. Offer at least 5 meal times per day: breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner.
2. Have breakfast every day. Including at least one food from each group:
- DAIRIES: Milk, yogurt, cheese.
- CARBOHYDRATES: Bread, Cereal Mix Cereal Flakes, Serranas Cracker Cookies, Arcor Jam.
- FRUITS: Fresh fruit or LC canned fruit
3. Eat a variety of foods. Nutritional deficiencies can be avoided as long as the diet is varied.
4. Eat the same food in different forms of preparation, avoiding cooking methods such as frying.
5. Drink liquids at the end of meals. This is to prevent feelings of fullness while eating.
6. Eat raw or cooked fruits and vegetables. It is advisable to have a minimum of 5 servings per day.
7. Use oils such as Arcor Corn Oil to season food and ensure high-quality fats.
8. Do not watch TV while eating to avoid overeating. 9. When eating foods such as candies, set a frequency rate and portion size that may not affect the presence of other foods. 10. Include animal products such as red meat, fish or eggs in each meal.